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Wednesday, 3 December 2008
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Dr KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support) (10:53 AM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: Puckapunyal redevelopment, Victoria.

The Department of Defence proposes the redevelopment of the Puckapunyal Army base in Victoria. The project will address shortcomings in existing training facilities and base support facilities within the Puckapunyal area. The new facilities to be provided include a new headquarters building, a multidenominational chapel, an expanded entry precinct, a 120-person lecture facility and a 40-person briefing room. In addition, a 2.2-kilometre extension to the existing safe driving training area will be constructed. The estimated out-turned cost of the proposal is $41.65 million plus GST. In its report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works has recommended that these works proceed. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction will commence in mid-2009 and be completed in late 2010. On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee for its support, and I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.